Morality, Murder, and Terrorism

Murder, She Wrote, continued

Morality, Murder, and Terrorism

Moral reasoning, the maturity of which has the potential to develop over one’s lifespan, does not determine the choices one makes; it merely tells you the basis on which those choices are made. A criminal, for example, can decide to commit a crime, or to avoid committing that crime, for fear of punishment. He can decide to commit a crime, or to avoid committing that crime, for what he will gain from either committing that crime or not committing it. He can decide to commit a crime, or to avoid committing that crime, because it will win acceptance from some peer group. And so on. The individual needs to justify his actions to himself, but that action will be explained on the basis of his current existential level, whether it be his current moral reasoning level, his epistemological level, etc. – and the basis for individual’s decision can stem from whatever his developmental level may be.

For example, killing of “enemies” is sanctioned by countries in times of war, and may (or may not) be carried out by those rare individuals operating at the highest developmental levels of moral reasoning. So it cannot be assumed that only lower-developmental-levels would ever consider killing someone else, ragardless of circumstances.

 

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